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Scott County Library System History

The Scott County Library System was formed in 1950 out of the Scott County Library bookmobile organization to serve rural Scott County, Iowa. This collection has photographs and documents pertaining to the library system and the many communities it has served.



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DeWitt Bragonier, LeClaire Town Clerk, writes to Elizabeth Hage, Librarian, to inform her that the Library Account with the town of LeClaire is overdrawn by $4.42. Ms. Hage responds that she had previously asked him to sign a county claim form to reimburse the town for a purchase of $9.40. That would have balanced the books. The form was returned unsigned and no check was issued to reimburse the expense. A check in the amount of $4.42 has now been enclosed to cover the overdrawn account.
Topics: Public Libraries, Correspondence, Business & Finance, Bragonier, DeWitt, Hage, Elizabeth
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LeClaire branch building in 1996. LeClaire was added as a branch of the Scott County Library System in 1951 and withdrew in 2000 to form the LeClaire Community Library.
Topics: LeClaire, Iowa, Photographs, Public Libraries
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A color photo of the back to school book display set up outside of the library.
Topics: Photographs, Public Libraries
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Maxine Felt looks on as Melva Durbin retreives something from a garbage truck.
Topics: Photographs, Public Libraries, Employees, Durbin, Melva, Felt, Maxine
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Year-end financial report from the LeClaire Station showing Income/Expenses with balances; beginning balance of Rent Fund, amount paid, closing balance, and explantions for the Rent Fund. Notes that utilities for four months has been paid out of Fines.
Topics: Public Libraries, Business & Finance
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Exterior of the Blue Grass library and City Hall.
Topics: Blue Grass, Iowa, Scott County, Iowa, Slides, Photographs, Public Libraries, Iowa, Scott County,...
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Boy checks out book at the Blue Grass 25 year open house.
Topics: Blue Grass, Iowa, Celebrations, Commemorations, Slides, Photographs, Public Libraries
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A building contract from Robert L. McClimon, General Contractor, to supply lumber and perform the work needed to raise the garage roof and lengthen the doors for the agreed amount of $300.
Topics: Public Libraries, Agreements, Maintenance & Repair, McClimon, Robert L.
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Part of the Library's circulating art collection - "Horseshoe Path" by George Cherepov, c. unknown.
Topics: Photographs, Public Libraries, Art, Artist, Cherepov, George
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In 1981 the Durant branch moved to 402 6th Street in the same building as City Hall. A book assembly line was formed to move books from the previous location.
Topics: Durant, Iowa, Photographs, Public Libraries
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Elizabeth Hage returns a registation card for Arlin E. Brown to Johanna Fawcett at the Princeton station. It appears that Arlin has completed the entire card himself. Ms. Hage explains that registration cards for children must be signed by a parent or guardian as no child under age can be held responsible for damaged or lost books.
Topics: Correspondence, Public Libraries, Process & Techniques, Hage, Elizabeth, Brown, Arlin E.,...
Elizabeth Hage writes to the Blue Grass, IA City Clerk about showing up to attend the council meeting to find that there was no meeting. Ms. Hage says that she wanted to inform that council that $50 has been allocated per quarter to each station to be paid to the attendant at a rate of .75 per hour. Ms. Hage reports that Mrs. Harold Schutte has been appointed to the position of Blue Grass attendant.
Topics: Public Libraries, Correspondence, Hage, Elizabeth, Schutte, Mrs. Harold
Elizabeth Hage replies to a letter from Mr. Russell Schall of Belmond, IA with the names and qualifications of possible Board members.  Ms. Hage suggests:  Mrs. Floyd Dittmer, Elkader, IA; Mrs. L. C. Harris, Wilton Junction; Mrs. Harvey Goering, Walcott; and Mrs. H. V. Witmer of Tipton.
Topics: Correspondence, Public Libraries, Committees, Hage, Elizabeth, Schall, Russell, Dittmer, Floyd,...
Elizabeth Hage, Librarian, writes to Mrs. Lester Shorey, who has moved to  LeClaire, to let her know the Shorey children, Jackie, Gerald, and Karen were all registered as borrowers when the family lived in McCausland. Ms. Hage states that the children have many outstanding book loans from 1950 and books cannot be borrowed until they are returned or paid for. 
Topics: Public Libraries, Correspondence, Hage, Elizabeth, Shorey, Lester, Shorey, Jackie, Shorey, Gerald,...
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Della Yoder and Melva Durbin, looking for keys in her purse, outside of the bookmobile.
Topics: Photographs, Public Libraries, Bookmobiles, Employees, Yoder, Della, Durbin, Melva
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Elizabeth Hage sends Mrs. [Lenore] Truitt, Walcott station attendant, her paycheck with a note of accolades for visiting the school during Book Week.
Topics: Correspondence, Public Libraries, Business & Finance, Hage, Elizabeth, Truitt, Lenore, Truitt...
Letter to Elizabeth Hage from Catherine Seitz, Librarian, Dubuque County Library, saying that the library vote carried 3,205 yes to 943 no. Ms. Seitz is asking for a copy of the Scott County Library budget so that she can use it as an example to set a budget for the Dubuque County Library. Ms. Seitz also writes that the library is having Book Reviews and a poster contest; local school children are putting on a playlet. Ms. Hage replies with a copy of the 1950 annual report and a budget...
Topics: Public Libraries, Correspondence, Hage, Elizabeth, Seitz, Catherine
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Maxine Felt and staff in the technical services are at the Eldridge branch.
Topics: Photographs, Public Libraries, Employees, Felt, Maxine
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Invitation to an Open House at the new Eldridge branch, the headquarters of the library system, to be held Sunday, April 21, 1963.
Topics: Photographs, Public Libraries, Invitations
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Children and some members of the Tombergs family sort books out on the sidewalk.
Topics: Photographs, Public Libraries, People, Tombergs Family
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Staff members exchange gifts. Left, back to front are Mary Louise Cronkleton, Verda Shaw and Melva Durbin; back center is Lillian Bell; Right back to front are Millie Wallace, Dick F and Denny Danese.
Topics: Photographs, Public Libraries, Employees, Celebration, Cronkleton, Mary Louise, Shaw, Verda,...
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Parents and children visit the bookmobile.
Topics: Photographs, Public Libraries, Bookmobiles
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Woman sitting at a table at the Eldridge library.
Topics: Eldridge, Iowa, Slides, Photographs, Public Libraries
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Part of the Library's circulating art collection - still life cantalope
Topics: Photographs, Public Libraries, Art
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Elizabeth Hage writes to the new librarian, George [Gardner]to inform him that he needs to submit a voucher for his mileage and a current photo for the newspaper article. Ms. Hage will be sending cards to the companies where business is done and to all of the librarians to inform them of [Mr. Gardner's] arrival. Mrs. Dorothy Downs will be in charge of the library until  George [Gardner] arrives. Ms. Hage reports that the Board met the previous Saturday evening and it was announced that George...
Topics: Correspondence, Public Libraries, Employment, Hage, Elizabeth, Gardner, George, Downs, Dorothy
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Elizabeth Hage sends a new supply of claim forms to Mrs. Jessie Ryan for the monthly rent at the facility being used as a library site in Cedar County, Iowa. These forms will cover the monthly rent for each month in 1954, and are to be signed, notarized, and returned to Ms. Hage.
Topics: Correspondence, Public Libraries, Business & Finance, Hage, Elizabeth, Ryan, Jessie Mrs.
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Christmas celebration at Eldridge library.
Topics: Christmas, Celebrations, Photographs, Public Libraries
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Melva Durbin is given a set of rubber legs as a joke.
Topics: Photographs, Public Libraries, Employees, Durbin, Melva
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A letter to E. & W. Glunz from Elizabeth Hage regarding duplicate payment for rocking the driveway at the library.
Topics: Correspondence, Public Libraries, Business & Finance, Hage, Elizabeth, E. & W., Glunz
A letter to Mr. O.J. Houstman of the Des Moines Register from Elizabeth Hage, Librarian, about the progress of the new Scott County Library headquaters. She writes that the headquarters will soon have an open house and hopes that they "might get a spread in the Des Moines Register." The letter also lists the groups and agencies that have been invited to the open house.
Topics: Public Libraries, Correspondence, Houstman, O.J., Hage, Elizabeth
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Christmas celebration at Eldridge library.
Topics: Christmas, Celebrations, Photographs, Public Libraries
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Elizabeth Hage, Eldridge Librarian, writes to Blanche Smith, State Traveling Library, to request the loan of several books. Ms. Hage reports that the county teachers taking summer courses at Marycrest and St. Ambrose have begun using the Eldridge Library. Ms. Hage also reports that she will be taking a vacation soon and has additional staff to help with cataloging, driving the bookmobile, and work in general.  
Topics: Public Libraries, Bookmobile, Correspondence, Employees, Hage, Elizabeth, Smith, Blanche, Staff
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In 1981 the Durant branch moved to 402 6th Street in the same building as City Hall.
Topics: Durant, Iowa, Photographs, Public Libraries
Elizabeth Hage writes to the Interstate Rubber Products Corp. in Los Angeles, CA to order three Electro Mats as seen in a recent trade journal. She requests that the mats be sent with an notarized invoice and it will be paid upon receipt.  
Topics: Correspondence, Public Libraries, Repairs & Maintenance, Hage, Elizabeth, Interstate Rubber...
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Page in the Eldridge library workroom.
Topics: Eldridge, Iowa, Slides, Photographs, Public Libraries
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The main articile of the April 1953 Iowa Farm Bureau "Women's Work" newsletter is about the Woodbury County Library. The article reports on circulation, bookmobile, beginning petition, Library Board, reading program, and a legislative proposal that would allow a city to withdraw from a county library district.
Topics: Correspondence, Public Libraries, Periodicals, Bookmobile, Agriculture
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Exterior of the Blue Grass library and City Hall.
Topics: Blue Grass, Iowa, Scott County, Iowa, Slides, Photographs, Public Libraries
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Part of the Library's circulating art collection - Painting "Antique Shop" by George Cherepov with covered bridge and pond.
Topics: Photographs, Public Libraries, Art, Artist, Cherepov, George
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Millie Wallace and Lillian Bell holding a horse painting.
Topics: Wallace, Millie, Bell, Lillian, Eldridge, Iowa, Slides, Photographs, Public Libraries
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Interior of the Princeton branch at 328 River Drive, Princeton, Iowa.
Topics: Princeton, Iowa, Photographs, Public Libraries
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Joe Porter, Bookmobile driver, and Jeanette Sells, Bookmobile attendant, inside the bookmobile.
Topics: Bookmobiles, Slides, Photographs, Public Libraries
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Elizabeth Martin, Librarian, Davenport Public Library, asks Elizabeth Hage to write to Miss Lydia Barrett, Librarian at the Public Library in Mason City, regarding the budget for the Scott County Library and amount of volunteer help.  Ms. Hage replies with a copy of the annual report and how some of the funds have been budgeted for certain expenses.
Topics: Public Libraries, Correspondence, Martin, Elizabeth, Hage, Elizabeth, Barrett, Lydia
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Part of the Library's circulating art collection - A lithograph of  "A Midnight Race on the Mississippi" by Frances Flora (Fanny) Palmer c. 1860.
Topics: Photographs, Public Libraries, Art, Artist, Palmer, F. (Fanny) 1812-1876.
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Bookmobile driving down a country road.
Topics: Bookmobiles, Photographs, Public Libraries
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Marilyn Fahrenkrog was part of the Scott County Rural & Urban Teachers Committee that raised funds to start a bookmobile for Scott County. She saved some paperwork associated with the account at Donahue Saving Bank for bookmobile funds and gave it to Scott County library after hanging on to it for 72 years.
Topics: Photographs, Public Libraries, Bookmobiles, Fund Raising
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Ann Johnson inside the new bookmobile. The bookmobile was a Moroney Monolith with a handicap accessible lift. The library had it for 19 years.
Topics: Bookmobiles, Photographs, Public Libraries
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Library staff processing materials at the Eldridge branch. The lady standing up is Maxine Felt.
Topics: Felt, Maxine, Photographs, Public Libraries
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A letter from Congressman Fred Schwengel to Ms. Melva Durbin, Acting Librarian, about his attendance at the open house held on Sunday, April 21, 1963. 
Topics: Photographs, Public Libraries, Correspondence, Celebrations, Schwengel, Fred, Durbin, Melva
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Lillian Bell and a patron are in the background. A cart of books is in the foreground at the Eldridge library.
Topics: Bell, Lillian, Eldridge, Iowa, Slides, Photographs, Public Libraries,
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W. F. Stipe, Chairman of the Book Committee at Clarinda Public Library writes to Elizabeth Hage regarding the correct method of computing circulation of books loaned to teachers by the public library. Elizabeth Hage responds with how the Scott County Library computes circulation and sends a copy of Mr. Stipe's letter to Blanche Smith.
Topics: Public Libraries, Correspondence, Stipe, W. F, Hage, Elizabeth, Smith, Blanche
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Scott County Library bookmobile with book drop outside.
Topics: Bookmobiles, Slides, Photographs, Public Libraries
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A letter from student Lee Ann Palmer to the librarian describing the books and pictures that she likes in the library.
Topics: Photographs, Public Libraries, Correspondence, Students, Palmer, Lee Ann
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Part of the Library's circulating art collection - The Grand Tetons serve as a backdrop for tall pines by the creek.
Topics: Photographs, Public Libraries, Art
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Mary Louise Cronkleton at the card catalog at the Eldridge branch.
Topics: Cronkleton, Mary Louise, Eldridge, Iowa, Slides, Photographs, Public Libraries
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Part of the Library's circulating art collection - Painting, "Grand Tetons" by Robert Wood c. 1940
Topics: Photographs, Public Libraries, Art, Artist, Wood, Robert
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Pointing out the wildlife encyclopedia.
Topics: Eldridge, Iowa, Slides, Photographs, Public Libraries
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Director Kay Runge looks through the "key word out of context" computer catalog on top of the card catalog at the Eldridge library. The University of Iowa would print out copies of the main entry cards from the catalog so the branches could have a portable card catalog. Eldridge was the only branch with a true card catalog. Each branch would get a title list, an author list and some type of subject list. As the years went on, these got progressively larger.
Topics: Runge, Kay, Eldridge, Iowa, Slides, Photographs, Public Libraries
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Two school children stand on the front porch of country school #5 in rural Scott County while the bookmobile visits their school.
Topics: Photographs, Public Libraries, Bookmobiles, Schools
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Part of the Library's circulating art collection - "Stone City, IA" by Grant Wood, 1930
Topics: Photographs, Public Libraries, Art, Artists, Wood, Grant
Elizabeth Hage writes to Blanche Smith, State Traveling Library, that she has met with Mrs. Hughes at the Des Moines Public Library. They discussed an upcoming conference and the committees that had been established to help with the conference. One person in particular on the Public Relations Committee has not been cooperative in completing her assignments. Ms. Hage writes that there will be a speaker for the conference, Mrs. Hughes has worked out a series of radio programs for ILA to be...
Topics: Correspondence, Public Libraries, Events, Committees, Hage, Elizabeth, Smith, Blanche
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Map with Scott County Library System branch locations marked with orange dots.
Topics: Eldridge, Iowa, Slides, Photographs, Public Libraries
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Exterior of the Long Grove branch of the Scott County Library System.
Topics: Long Grove, Iowa, Photographs, Public Libraries
Blanche Smith, Librarian, State Traveling Library, requests the number of towns not under contract for service. Ms. Hage replies that there are currently no areas of Scott County that are not being served and there are no towns that are under contract.
Topics: Public Libraries, Correspondence, Smith, Blanche, Hage, Elizabeth
A letter from Blanche Smith, State Traveling Library, to Elizabeth Hage requesting Ms. Hage send a copy of the Scott County Library System operating budget to Catherine Seitz, Dubuque County Library. Ms. Seitz follows up with a letter of request, and Ms. Hage sends a final copy of the 1950 Financial Report to Ms. Smith as well as Ms. Seitz.
Topics: Photographs, Public Libraries, Correspondence, Seitz, Catherine, Smith, Blanche, Hage, Elizabeth
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Melva Durbin stands at the music albums.
Topics: Durbin, Melva, Eldridge, Iowa, Slides, Photographs, Public Libraries
Elizabeth Hage writes to Miss Mildred Pike, Librarian in Sioux City, IA about meeting with [Ernestine] Grafton of the State Traveling Library.  Ms. Hage explains that she and Ms. Grafton had clarified plans Ms. Grafton has for organizing the libraries around the state - a regional library vs a library federation.
Topics: Correspondence, Public Libraries, Hage, Elizabeth, Pike, Mildred Miss, Grafton [Ernestine]
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Part of the Library's circulating art collection - a creek runs through trees with fall foilage.
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Letter from Catherine Seitz, Dubuque County Library, to Elizabeth Hage asking what type of materials are handed out when Ms. Hage takes the Bookmobile to the local county fair. The plan is to have the Dubuque County Bookmobile at the Dubuque County Fair and Ms. Seitz would like a sample from Ms. Hage of what she hands out at the fair. Ms. Hage replies that they provide a brief statistical report, a copy of the fall and winter schedule, and a book list for women and one for men. She usually...
Topics: Correspondence, Public Libraries, Events, Bookmobile, Hage, Elizabeth, Seitz, Catherine
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A letter from student Cassandra Lynn Green telling the librarian what she likes about the library.
Topics: Photographs, Public Libraries, Correspondence, Students, Green, Cassandra Lynn
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Joe Porter, Bookmobile driver, in front of the bookmobile.
Topics: Porter, Joe, Bookmobiles, Slides, Photographs, Public Libraries
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The History of the Scott County Library System by Christine Barth covers seven decades of library history in rural Scott County, Iowa.  The Scott County Library System is the oldest county system in the state of Iowa serving rural areas with 6 locations and a traveling bookmobile. In 1950, the Scott County bookmobile organization became the Scott County Library System. At that time, there were 4,000 books in the collection. Branches were established in Blue Grass, Eldridge and Princeton. The...
Topics: Public libraries, Bookmobiles, Spies Edna, Barth Christine
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Left from front to back: Mary Louise Cronkleton, Millie Wallace, Lillian Bell, Clarence Bell, Joe Porter, Jeanette Sells, Roy Durbin, Melva Durbin, and Verda Shaw enjoy dinner  together.
Topics: Photographs, Public Libraries, Employees, Cronkleton, Mary Louise, Bell, Lillian, Bell, Clarence,...
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A woman previews a book at the library.
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Elizabeth Hage writes to Robert McClimon to report that the library roof is leaking just above the fuse box and is shorting out the lights. Ms. Hage asks Mr. McClimon to make the repair the first day it is not raining or snowing.
Topics: Public Libraries, Correspondence, Maintenance & Repair, Hage, Elizabeth, McClimon, Robert
Letter from Agnes Buskirk to Elizabeth Hage thanking her for a copy of the Scott County Library by-laws. Ms. Buskirk enclosed a newspaper article regarding the outcome of the court ruling regarding the the mill levy tax. Ms. Hage responds with thanks and reports that the Scott County Library is having similar issues with use of tax funds.
Topics: Public Libraries, Correspondence, Buskirk, Agnes, Hage, Elizabeth